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Notice to PVWSD Water Users (drought conditions)

Notice to PVWSD Water Users

Central NH, including the Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District (PVWSD), continues to experience abnormally dry conditions. PVWSD urges all District water users to be conservative when spraying lawns or landscapes and to limit watering to between 7pm and 8am. PVWSD also recommends water users limit other outdoor water uses such as power washing, washing cars, and washing large impervious surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks until conditions improve. The District will monitor and may have to consider imposing limits on outdoor water usage if conditions do not improve.

Press Release PVWSD Awarded $5.55M in Grants

For Immediate Release
See attached photo and caption below.

Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District Awarded $5.55M in Grants
Anticipates Additional Grant Dollars

Plymouth, New Hampshire – The residents and water and sewer rate payers of Plymouth, New Hampshire have something to celebrate. The Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District (District) was recently awarded major funding for eight water and sewer infrastructure improvement projects by the USDA Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.  The awarded totals $3.45 million in grant funding for sewer improvements and $2.10 million for water improvements.  The grant monies will significantly subsidize engineering and construction costs of the upgrade projects, minimizing the financial impact to user rates.

For over a four-year period the District has been working with Wright-Pierce, an engineering firm with offices in Manchester and Portsmouth, to evaluate the infrastructure, some of which dates back to the early 1900s and has exceeded its useful life. Plymouth has undergone significant and sustained growth since the installation of the original infrastructure and upsizing is necessary to meet current and future needs.

The process began with evaluation of the District’s aging sewer and water lines, water supply, pump stations and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Reports prioritized needed improvements including their anticipated costs. Through a collaborative effort between the District and Wright-Pierce, eight projects were identified as priority projects totaling approximately $17.6 million in total project costs; approximately $9.6 million in sewer improvements and $8 million in water improvements.   The projects include Main Street water and sewer replacement (from Campton town line to Warren Street), Bayley Ave and Langdon Park Road water and sewer replacement, development of a new water source in Holderness, Holderness water main extension including a new booster pump station, a generator replacement at the Foster Street well pump station, septage receiving improvements at the wastewater treatment facility, wastewater pump station No. 1 improvements, and the final phase of the pump station No. 4 sewer force main replacement.  Voters approved the bond issues at the March Annual Meeting.

Commission Chair Chris Woods was pleased, “This is a huge benefit for the residents of Plymouth and will help us address urgently needed upgrades to our aging water and sewer infrastructure.  The Commission appreciates the support and confidence of the voters in approving this year’s multiple bond issues. Our long-term planning approach was key to obtaining this funding.”

The design phase for the majority of the projects will begin in the fall of 2018 with construction of the projects anticipated for the 2019-2020 construction season. Construction for Bayley Ave, Langdon Park Road, and pump station No. 1 is scheduled to begin in 2018.

District Commissioners are optimistic about additional grant funding and principle forgiveness for the infrastructure upgrades as they await funding decisions from New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CW SRF), Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DW SRF) and New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGTF) programs.

Photo Caption:  Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District and USDA-Rural Development sign funding obligation package.  (L to R):  Mark Koprowski, NH Community Program Specialist, USDA-Rural Development; Merelise O’Connor, District Administrator and Christopher Woods, Board Chairman, Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District.

About the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District

The District’s mission is to provide the highest quality water distribution and wastewater treatment possible while striving for high quality and best use of resources.  The Commissioners’and staff members’ primary responsibility is to the 1,100 ratepayers.

About Wright-Pierce

Wright-Pierce is an award-winning, multi-discipline engineering firm that has been providing water, wastewater and civil infrastructure services since 1947. Wright-Pierce has been the engineer of record for the District since 2006. Employee-owned and operated, our 230+ engineers and support professionals are strategically located in offices throughout New England, including Manchester and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

District Operators attend “Drinking Water Festival 5/9/18”

picture of the District Operators taken at the 26th Annual Drinking Water Festival held on May 9th, 2018 at the WWTP.  Also attached is the Plymouth Record Enterprise article and thank you letters from some of the 4th graders that attended the festival.

Read the Plymouth Record Enterprise Article here –>Plymouth Record Enterprise Article – 26th Annual NH Drinking Water Festival & 4th Grade Science Fair (1)

And below is 2 of the letters received from some of the 4th graders that attended the festival:

PVWSD Statement Regarding MOA with Eversource


October 6, 2017
Contact: Merelise O’Connor, District Administrator 536-1733

PVWSD Statement Regarding MOA with Eversource

Plymouth, NH – Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District (PVWSD) wishes to clarify the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Eversource. PVWSD has entered into an MOA with Eversource to protect its rate payers from costs associated with the Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) line planning and engineering, as well as potential costs for future infrastructure maintenance and improvements.

PVWSD Commissioners have not taken any position with respect to NPT. The Commission’s purpose is specifically to deliver water and collect and treat wastewater for District users. The District is a municipal utility with a mission distinct from the broader Town government. Commissioners do respect the purview of the Town government to take a position against the proposed transmission line, but remain neutral on the issue, as a Board.

The PVWSD has plans to replace water and sewer lines from Foster St. along Main St. and South Main St. all the way to Warren St. This project has been in the planning and design stages since 2014. There is no current timeline on the proposed project because the NPT line, if approved, will also travel along the same route with the potential for underground conflicts.

The District Commissioners are concerned about the necessary business disruption that will be created to replace the 90 year-old water and sewer lines on Main St. and have deferred any work until the outcome of the NPT project is known. This is to avoid having Main St. under construction twice. The Commission is committed to minimizing the disruption to Main St. businesses while recognizing that District users will benefit from the local improvement project.

The Commissioners have openly discussed this plan with Town officials, the Plymouth Selectboard and Planning Board in public several times since 2015.

Besides the high risk of this aging infrastructure breaking unexpectedly and costing more money to repair in an emergency situation, fire suppression is also a critical issue due to undersized lines. The proposed project will address these risks.

It became apparent over the last year that the District would incur substantial engineering costs to review the NPT plans, provide information on the District’s underground structures and provide access to manholes for NPT surveys. The Commissioners believe that it is in the best interest of the District constituents to be well prepared, to safeguard the space the District requires underground for its own project and to be sure that District users are not shouldering the added engineering expenses due to NPT. So with all of that in mind, the District approached Eversource to ask if these expenses could be reimbursed and Eversource agreed. The resulting agreement for reimbursement of expenses is the substance of the Memo of Agreement between the parties.